The concept of the Circular Economy has become well-established in political circles, is recognised in the boards of major companies and is diffusing out to wider audiences. Whilst CE is recognised within EU policy, much of the supporting action targets the traditional approaches of waste reduction, material recovery and recycling. Higher values can be gained from a range of product reuse practices, but these are substantially more complicated to achieve: they require disruption of business models, alliances, processes, design and technologies.
Remanufacturing is a central component of product lifetime extension and value recovery. However, support for remanufacturing as a practice is sparse, fragmented and uncoordinated. This renders UK businesses vulnerable to competitors better supported by regional initiatives in the Far East and USA, for example.
The Remanufacturing Industry Day will start with speakers from the remanufacturing sector and following a networking lunch, move into workshop groups tasked with identifying the key issues facing the sector, and potential routes to resolving these issues. This activity will
- Test the appetite for a coordinated research, development and business support facility centred at Cranfield.
- Discover core issues – process or technological – which clusters of businesses recognise as critical to boosting – or establishing – their remanufacturing operations.
Build agreement in principle for participants to align to priority issues which can be developed as projects with a view to funding and execution.
David Parker - Chartered Environmentalist and Chemical Engineer, getsetera.
Ian Briggs of Aspire Engineering ex MCT Reman
Russ Wheatley - Reman Business Manager, AGCO Ltd.
Speaker from The University of Strathclyde (Scottish Institute for Remanufacture)
|10:00||Registration and Tea / Coffee|
|10.20||Welcome and Introduction|
|10:30||Dave Parker: Circular Economy Consultant; getsetera|
|11:00||Ian Briggs of Aspire Engineering ex MCT Reman|
|11:30||Russ Wheatley - Reman Business Manager, AGCO Ltd.|
|12:00||Speaker from The University of Strathclyde (Scottish Institute for Remanufacture)|
|13:30||Workshop activity – in delegate groups|
|15:00||Feedback and discussion from Workshop output|
Location and travel details
Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.
- Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
- Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
- Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)
For further travel details please visit our Location page.